OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Sanitizing Equipment and Clothing

Sanitizing Equipment and Clothing

  • Is personal protective clothing or equipment that employees are required to wear or use, of a type capable of being cleaned easily and disinfected?
  • Are employees prohibited from interchanging personal protective clothing or equipment, unless it has been properly cleaned?
  • Are machines and equipment, which process, handle or apply materials that could be injurious to employees, cleaned and/or decontaminated before being overhauled or placed in storage?
  • Are employees prohibited from smoking or eating in any area where contaminates that could be injurious if ingested are present?
  • When employees are required to change from street clothing into protective clothing, is a clean change room with separate storage facility for street and protective clothing provided?
  • Are employees required to shower and wash their hair as soon as possible after a known contact has occurred with a carcinogen?
  • When equipment, materials, or other items are taken into or removed from a carcinogen regulated area, is it done in a manner that will contaminate non-regulated areas or the external environment?